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Robbie Garner

President and CEO, Atlantic Computer Services
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Originally from Swansboro, N.C., Robbie Garner graduated from UNC Wilmington in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in business systems. Before purchasing Atlantic Computer Services (ACS) in 2006, he worked for a small, family owned man  

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Oct 24, 2016

Lessons In IT Protection From Hurricane Matthew

Many in southeastern North Carolina are still reeling from the impacts of Hurricane Matthew. Not only did residents have to endure the winds and rain during the storm, the major damage and impact h ...

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Sep 1, 2016

The Social Side Of Hacking

According to Wikipedia, in the world of information security, social engineering is defined as “the psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential informa ...

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Jul 15, 2016

Should You Have An IT Service Agreement?

If you’re like me, your eyes begin to glass over and you immediately become suspicious when someone passes any type of contract across the desk and in your direction. We are all leery (for good ...

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Jun 13, 2016

Don’t Be Held Hostage By Your IT Provider

As I speak to prospective clients, one reoccurring theme I hear is their reluctance to change their IT provider. I get it: No one really likes change. Even worse, changing something that most folks ar ...

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Apr 15, 2016

Local Server Or Hosted Server? Which Is Best?

A prospective new client asked me recently which was better: a local server or a hosted server? That’s a big question.   First of all, if anyone tells you that one or the other is “ ...

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Apr 1, 2016

The QBR And You

What’s a “QBR,” you ask? Well, I'm happy to explain. A “QBR” is a Quarterly Business Review.   The simplest way to define a QBR is as a meeting between executi ...

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Mar 15, 2016

What You Need to Know About Cybersecurity

As a business owner or manager, you have a multitude of “things” you must ensure that your company is doing correctly. There are HR rules and regulations, taxes, safety requirements, and o ...

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Mar 1, 2016

Your 'How To' Guide To Office 365

I’m sure you’ve heard plenty about Office 365. As you probably already know, “O365” is, in its simplest form, a new licensing model for popular Office products like Word, Excel ...

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Feb 15, 2016

The Benefits Of A Boutique Hosting Company

The hosting world, as with anything else, is comprised of both large and small providers. It can be difficult to determine which to go with – the huge company everyone knows or the small one tha ...

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Feb 1, 2016

Gone Phishing

Phishing: not a relaxing pastime but a toxic attack used in an attempt to defraud someone of financial information. The most manipulative part of phishing? The attackers pose as someone legitimate. & ...

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Jan 15, 2016

The Benefits Of Proactive IT Support

Many businesses operate reactively when it comes to their technology. This is not only stressful, but it also costs a lot of money!   In my work, I see both large and small businesses forced to ...

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Jan 1, 2016

How To Pick A Backup System For Your Company

I've already emphasized the importance of quality backups in a previous Insights column, but you need to determine the right backup system for your company, and they are not all created equal. &n ...

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Dec 1, 2015

Four Things To Do Now To Save yourself From Ransomware

Ransomware costs businesses millions of dollars per year. The number of infections is growing and, yes, they happen right here in Wilmington.   Once your systems are infected with ransomware, t ...

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Nov 20, 2015

IT Budgets: How Much Should You Be Spending?

It’s a pretty simple question: How much should a small business spend on IT? The question is so basic that I was sure there was a concrete number. To find out, I did what anyone presented with a ...

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